Inspire Royal Opera House

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Overview

For four consecutive years Flexer & Sandiland were commissioned by Kent County Council, Artswork and The Royal Opera House Bridge (Kent Schools Olympic Legacy Programme) to deliver the Inspire project in schools across north Kent. Focusing on young leaders the 4 inspire projects took on different forms. In year 3, following an exciting ‘work like an artist day’, young leaders developed their own ‘Spherical’ or ‘Weightlessness’ Films. The Films were shown together as part of a ‘Big Share Day’ as an installation with projections on the floor, walls and ceiling for visitors to walk around, lie down or sit and view and leaders have also led sessions to other classes at their own school and at partner schools. Here you can see some of the brilliant films they made, we are incredibly proud of them!

Flexer & Sandiland are currently working with The Royal Opera House Bridge as part of Thurrock Trailblazers, offering dance & digital dance workshops in schools.

Videos Produced by the Schools:

Spherical Films

These films were based on Orbital, a previous installation by Flexer & Sandiland, which involved filming with a compact video camera attached to an extended rod.



Weightlessness Films

These films were based on a section from the performance Weightless by F&S, which involved filming with an inverted video camera attached to a small customised steadicam.

Teachers and participants comments

“I’m so pleased Flexer & Sandiland have made digital dance accessible to students who would never usually get an opportunity to participate”

“I loved the use of the cameras and it was good to see how well the children used them and what they produced”

“It was fun working with different cameras”

“I really enjoyed the day, working with the cameras and dancing with new people”

“It was nice to see children who were initially not keen on dance get really into it and enjoy their day”

“The positive personalities of the tutors worked well to encourage students”

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